The Central Utah Public Health Department was notified Wednesday Sevier County's first death due to COVID-1 had occurred.
The person who passed away was a female, between the ages of 45-64, and was not hospitalized prior to her death. She was initially reported to be a resident of a long-term care facility, however she was not. The subject had only been in Sevier County for a short time prior to her death, according to information released by the CUPH.
CUPHD was unable to determine any comorbidities.
"CUPHD reminds everyone that the coronavirus is still surging throughout Utah, and caution should be taken when you are in public," said Mike Grimlie, public information officer for the CUPHD. He said the health department strongly encourages everyone to wear masks when in public, especially if indoors, such as at a store or retail establishment, and even outdoors if you are unable to maintain at least six feet of separation from others not of your household.
Retailers, such as Walmart and Lins Freshmarket, started requiring facemask use in their facilities this week.
"Please wash your hands often, and sanitize commonly touched surfaces such as door knobs, light switches, keyboards, and counter tops frequently," Grimlie said. "Also, please stay home if you are not feeling well, especially if you have a fever, cough, body aches, or a change in your sense of smell or taste. If you have any of those symptoms, please contact your health care provider and schedule a test for the coronavirus."